The Manila nightlife scene is known all over the world. However, beyond the flashing lights, loud sounds, and big popular names, Manila is still a city of many secrets. For those who want to keep it slow and low, for tourists who want to know this city a little deeper than most, a trip to Manila’s local bars is the best way to go.
Wondering where these quiet little corners are? Here’s a compiled list of local bars in Manila that you shouldn’t miss.
1. The Oarhouse Pub of Manila
The good old bar in the heart of Malate where veteran journalists and professionals often hangout, Oarhouse is a good mix of the classic and modern. A quaint drinking place in the bustling city, Oarhouse is a quiet spot for those who want to either stimulate their mind through conversations over beer or to simply relax after a long day.
Another great thing about the Oarhouse is that it’s surrounded by other great restaurants to find unforgettable food choices, after that round of beer!
Location: 1688-B Jorge Bocobo St., Malate, 1004 Metro Manila, Philippines
Opening Hours: 5pm-2am, Daily
2. Fred’s Revolucion, Cubao Ex
The ultimate hangout spot for the young and hippies, Cubao Ex is very accessible and offers a wide variation of drink and dine options. Within this enclosed area in the middle of Quezon City are strings of vintage shops, unique stores offering all sorts of knick knacks, and of course, bars and pubs such as Fred’s Revolucion. Known primarily for their unforgettable Ho Chi Wings and a great friendly atmosphere, Fred’s Revolucion caters to visitors of all kinds. Everyone is welcome, beer is cheap, and food is great!
The bar area is decorated with all sorts of memorabilia from all over the world—coasters from Russia, whiskey bottles from Japan, lots of souvenirs from Vietnam, and more!
Location: Shop 66, Cubao Expo, General Romulo Ave., Quezon City, Stanford, Cubao, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
One of the latest additions in the Manila drinking scene, Bunk is a rooftop bar inspired by the chillax rooftop bars in Berlin. Offering great views of the surrounding cities, there’s something entirely different about enjoying a cold bottle of beer as you marvel at the towering skyscrapers around you. Another remarkable thing about Bunk is how its guests have the options to choose from regular tables and chairs or opting for the illuminated box table at the floor coupled with bean bags. A bunch of interesting crowd also flock into the area especially during Friday nights!
Location: 8th Floor, Jovan Building, Shaw Blvd, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, Philippines
4. Z Hostel
Another contender in the rooftop local bar scene in Manila, Z Hostel is widely popular among the Filipino yuppies and backpackers from across the globe. Set right in the smack of Makati City, Z Hostel is a luxury accommodation that caters to all sorts of travelers. On top of the building is the Z Hostel Roof deck Bar that is open for everyone—even those who aren’t booked in the hostel. The views are spectacular and the crowd is amazing.
Location: 5660, Don Pedro, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines
5. Café Adriatico
Looking to experience some Filipino warmth and culture during the very late hours? Then head on to Café Adriatico at Malate. Open up until 4am and serving everything from snacks to hearty meals and even bar food, Café Adriatico is a great choice for the hungry souls looking for an open restaurant at the middle of the night. Moreover, it’s also a wonderful place to pass time, enjoy good food, and maybe even just deal with that jetlag.
Enjoy a few drinks, have a nice meal, and cap it off with a nice cup of coffee.
Location: 1790 Adriatico St, Malate, Manila, 1004 Metro Manila, Philippines
Experience Manila like never before. Be sure to visit these local bars in Manila for that authentic nightlife experience. Don’t forget to try the sisig!